A popular Jacksonville rapper has been shot, again.
Charles Jones, who performs under the name Foolio, was shot in the foot early Saturday morning, according to multiple law enforcement sources.
The incident occurred near the 3100 block of 18th Street W. in Jacksonville, a residential neighborhood less than a mile from Paxon School for Advanced Studies.
The car he was driving, a black Dodge Challenger, is riddled with bullet holes, according to a photograph obtained by First Coast News. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said “it appears that the suspect or suspects were waiting for the victim and ambushed him.”
Sources tell First Coast News Jones is not cooperating with law enforcement.
He was taken to U.F. Health Jacksonville. Sources say Jones will be in surgery Saturday night for his injury which is considered “severe.”
One of Foolio’s parents asked for prayers on Saturday in a story posted from Foolio’s Instagram account.
The post reading, “Keep Foolio, my son, in y’all prayers he was shot last night in his hating city.”
Foolio, whose music celebrates gun violence and the deaths of gang rivals, has been a target of numerous shootings in the past.
According to internal newsroom records, he was most recently injured Nov. 8, 2021 after getting out of his vehicle in the 2000 block of Ernest Street in Riverside. Hours after the shooting, Foolio, 23, went live on his Instagram.
“I shot back in self-defense,” he said. “My gun is registered. If I did something illegal, the police would put me in jail. A ni**a did miss 100 shoots though. They must have thought I was lackin’ for sure.
“Y’all miss a whole 100 shots literally,” Foolio continued on his Instagram story, which included smiley face and kiss emojis.
He did the same thing after being shot in Houston, Texas, in July 2020, saying “a [explitive] shot me, but didn’t kill me.”
That shooting was more serious and was mentioned in a rival gang’s viral music video “Who I Smoke” weeks later. In that song, Jacksonville rapper FastMoney Goon rhymed “… I was lurking on his page and caught him lackin’ in Houston, we let off shots, he got a shot and went live, we was like damn that [explative] ain’t die.”